The Recovery Ability of Your Body
The human body usually can heal scrapes, cuts, and broken bones, although some injuries take longer than others. But you’re out of luck when it comes to repairing the tiny little hairs in your ears. At least, so far. Animals are capable of healing damage to the cilia in their ears and get their hearing back, but humans don’t possess that ability (although scientists are working on it). That means you might have irreversible loss of hearing if you damage the hearing nerve or those little hairs.
When Is Loss of Hearing Irreversible?
The first thing you think of when you find out you have loss of hearing is, will it come back? Whether it will or not depends on a number of things. There are two fundamental kinds of loss of hearing:
- Obstruction based loss of hearing: When there’s something obstructing your ear canal, you can experience all the symptoms of hearing loss. Debris, earwax, and tumors are some of the things that can cause a blockage. Your hearing generally returns to normal after the blockage is cleared, and that’s the good news.
- Hearing loss caused by damage: But there’s another, more widespread kind of hearing loss that accounts for about 90 percent of hearing loss. Known clinically as sensorineural hearing loss, this type of hearing loss is often irreversible. Here’s how it works: there are tiny hairs in your ear that move when hit with moving air (sound waves). These vibrations are then changed, by your brain, into signals that you hear as sound. But your hearing can, over time, be permanently harmed by loud noises. Damage to the inner ear or nerve can also cause sensorineural hearing loss. A cochlear implant can help restore hearing in some cases of hearing loss, specifically extreme cases.
A hearing examination will help you determine whether hearing aids will help improve your hearing.
Treatment of Hearing Loss
Sensorineural hearing loss currently has no cure. But it might be possible to get treatment for your loss of hearing. The following are some ways that getting the right treatment can help you:
- Ensure your general quality of life is unaffected or remains high.
- Successfully deal with any of the symptoms of hearing loss you may be suffering from.
- Preserve and protect the hearing you still have.
- Keep isolation away by staying socially engaged.
- Stop mental decline.
This treatment can take many forms, and it’ll usually depend on how extreme your hearing loss is. One of the most common treatment options is fairly simple: hearing aids.
How is Hearing Loss Treated by Hearing Aids
People who have loss of hearing can use hearing aids to perceive sounds and work as efficiently as possible. Fatigue is the result when the brain struggles to hear because hearing is hampered. As scientist acquire more insights, they have recognized a greater danger of mental decline with a persistent lack of cognitive input. Your cognitive function can start to be restored by using hearing aids because they let your ears hear again. As a matter of fact, using hearing aids has been shown to slow cognitive decline by as much as 75%. Contemporary hearing aids will also allow you to focus on what you want to hear, and tune out background sounds.
Prevention is The Best Protection
If you take away one thing from this little lesson, hopefully, it’s this: you should protect the hearing you have because you can’t count on recovering from loss of hearing. Certainly, if you get something stuck in your ear canal, you can probably have it cleared. But that doesn’t decrease the danger from loud sounds, noises you might not even think are loud enough to be all that harmful. That’s why making the effort to protect your ears is a smart idea. The better you safeguard your hearing today, the more treatment possibilities you’ll have when and if you are eventually diagnosed with hearing loss. Treatment can help you live a great, full life even if recovery isn’t a possibility. To determine what your best choice is, schedule an appointment with a hearing care specialist.